In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that two for-profit corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, could deny insurance coverage of birth control to their employees, based on the personal religious beliefs of the corporation's owners.
"The Supreme Court ruled against women and families, giving bosses the right to discriminate against women and deny their employees access to birth control coverage," said Bowman Kim Atkins, President/CEO, Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson.
"This is a troubling ruling that will prevent some women, especially those working hourly-wage jobs and struggling to make ends meet, from getting birth control."
This ruling does not strike down the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit. Today, more than 30 million women are eligible for birth control with no co-pay thanks to this benefit, and the vast majority of them will not be affected by this ruling. But for those who are affected, this ruling will have real consequences.
The five justices who ruled against women's health today are out of step with most Americans — the public overwhelmingly supports the birth control benefit by a nearly two-to-one margin. In her powerful dissent Justice Ginsburg, “[The court's decision] would deny legions of women who do not hold their employers' beliefs access to contraceptive coverage."
"It’s incredible that in 2014 we're still fighting over women's access to contraception," said Atkins. "Birth control is basic health care. We know firsthand that access to birth control is both a health care and economic concern for women.”
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• Birth control is basic preventive health care for women — 99% of sexually active women have used birth control at some point in their lives, for a whole host of health care reasons.
• But birth control is expensive — a 2010 survey found that more than a third of women voters have struggled to afford prescription birth control at some point in their lives.
More information on the ruling is available at Planned Parenthood Action